POST 39


TAPS

We'd like to recognize the following deceased members of The American Legion Post 39 veterans, for their service in the military, for they will truly be missed. We'd also like to offer our sincere condolences to the loved ones of our fallen friends.

The bugle call "Taps" had its origins on a battlefield of the Civil War. After the union suffered a large number of casualties in a battle near Richmond, Virginia, Brigade Commander Colonel Daniel Butterfield reflected with sadness upon the men he had lost.. Unable to compose music, he hummed a melody which his aid wrote down in musical notation. The company bugler played it that night to honor their dead comrades, Taps was officially recognized by the United States Army in 187. Accompanied by the drumbeat, Muffled Ruffles, it is the highest honor given to those who have died in service to our country.

2017

Forrest ‘Gene’ Pacheco

Gene passed away on January 18, 2017. He was born on June 30th, 1936. Gene was an Army veteran, open wheel race car driver, longtime Colorado Springs resident, and worked as an Electrician. He is survived by his wife, Willa Pacheco.

 

William John Branford Jr.

William John Branford, Jr. was a long time resident of Manitou Springs. He served in the U.S. Army for 23 years. His assignments included Fitzsimmons Army General Hospital, Germany, Korea, France, Fort Lee, Virginia and Fort Carson, Colorado among others. The medals he was awarded while in the Army are: Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Medal-WWII, American Campaign Medal WWII, World War II Victory Medal, World War II Army of Occupation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.

William is survived by his son William J. Branford (Lynn), grandchildren Kevin M. Branford (Jessie), Heather McRae and Jeremy Yates and one great- grandchild Madeline McRae. 

 

 

 

 

2016

John “Jack” Walter Guynn

U.S. Air Force, longtime Colorado Springs resident. Survived by his wife, Pat; three sons, Jack Jr., Mark and Scott; a daughter, Jenny; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Leslie K. (Ken) Smith

Retired Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Leslie K. (Ken) Smith passed away on May 11, 2016 from the overall effects of the Vietnam War and Agent Orange exposure. Following high school graduation, he joined the Army as an Armored Reconnaissance Specialist (Scout) but in his first assignment to Freiburg, Germany was made a tank driver. Thus began Ken's love of scouting and tanks.

He was reassigned to Fort Meade and the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and deployed with the Regiment to an area outside Saigon where he saw heavy fighting. Ken would return in 1971 where he served as a Cavalry Platoon Leader/Sergeant until wounded for his fourth time. He then served as a Drill Sergeant.

Ken was then assigned to Amberg, Germany where he performed the same peacetime duties with a Cavalry Platoon for five years. Returning to Fort Carson he was promoted and returned to Amberg where he served as First Sergeant of Company M and Headquarters Troop. He then returned to his family at Fort Carson, graduated from the Sergeants Major Academy, and served as the CSM of the 4th Battalion 68th Armor (Silver Lions). During his career he earned the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with V, four Purple Hearts, and four Army Commendation Medals.

After retirement he had a second career as a rural mail carrier, and when he finally retired, enjoyed his involvement with veteran's groups and friends. He leaves behind his wife Linda of over forty years and two adult sons, Donald and Michael Smith; one grandchild; and very close family friend, Darren Koch and his son.

Ken is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.

 

Marcus Fields

We regret that there is no information available,

 

Richard Johnson

We regret that there is no information available,

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MONTHLY GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS    [Location]

The American Legion Post 39 

  Third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 PM

Sons of the American Legion Squadron 39 

  Second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 39 

  First Wednesday of each month at 6:00 PM